AUTM Newsbrief
Sept. 30, 2010

University technology transfer group recognizes congressional leaders
U.S. Reps. Tammy Baldwin, D- Wis., and James Sensenbrenner, R- Wis., earned national honors in Jefferson, Wis., for their efforts to advance business innovation, university technology transfer and a strong patent system. The nonpartisan awards to the two long-serving Congressional leaders were the first Public Official Awards to be given by the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), a volunteer organization that brings together 3,000 technology transfer professionals in over 30 countries to define, develop and promote leadership excellence in academic technology transfer. AUTM supports a strong patent system to facilitate business investment in breakthrough technologies that lead to quality products for society, local jobs and a stronger economy.More

Moving clean energy innovations out of the lab and into the market
The White House
Universities in the United States have led the world in scientific research for a century. Sometimes however, innovators, including universities, struggle to translate research ideas into technologies that satisfy real world needs. Universities across the country have embraced the need to address climate and energy challenges, and now we need to effectively harness the resources and intellectual capital of our world's leading research institutions. The wealth of ideas originating from our university laboratories will help build innovative cleantech companies that drive future economic development and create jobs for Americans.More

University of Michigan spinoffs up from last year with
increased research spending

Crain's Detroit Business
Increased research spending has boosted commercialization and licensing at the University of Michigan after a slower 2009, according to figures released by the University of Michigan Tech Transfer office. Research spending at the university was $1.14 billion during fiscal year 2010, which is an increase of 12 percent from last year. Fiscal year 2010 ended June 30. As a result, the University of Michigan spun out 10 startups during the last fiscal year, up from eight in fiscal year 2009, but down from 13 in 2008. Recent spinoffs include Tangent Medical Technologies Inc., HistoSonics Inc. and Fusion Coolant Systems Inc. At Fusion, money from the University of Michigan Tech Transfer Gap Fund, the College of Engineering Translational Research Fund and the National Science Foundation is helping efforts to commercialize the non-toxic, renewable lubricant it developed for the automotive and aerospace industries.More

Spin-out promises silicon optical transceivers
Electronic Weekly
Ghent University in Beligum and Belgium research lab IMEC have spun out a firm to exploit silicon photonics intellectual property. Called Caliopa, it is backed by €2 million from Baekeland, Fidimec, PMV-Vinnof, a private investor, and the founders. "Multiple optical components can be replaced with a single optical chip by using silicon photonics allowing us to develop small, integrated low power optical transceivers," said Caliopa CEO Martin De Prycker. More

Company Sam Houston State University founded receives recognition
A company founded by Sam Houston State University to manufacture, distribute and license its portable wastewater-treatment system has been recognized for technology innovation by the Wall Street Journal. Active Water Sciences LLC of Palestine, Texas, was named in the Journal's Technology Innovation Awards competition, which sought out the most innovative problem-solving technology in 17 categories. Sam Houston State University owns the patents and intellectual property associated with the water treatment system and is a major owner of Active Water Sciences, along with the system's inventors, who are current and former university employees. The award recognizes the commercialization of laboratory research and subsequent development that led to the creation of a portable, self-contained wastewater-treatment system — the Water Phoenix — that can convert municipal wastewater into effluent that meets U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards in less than 24 hours, producing little to no sludge.More

Connecticut Innovations establishes $4 million fund to help startup tech firms
New Haven Register via McClatchy-Tribune
A new $4 million fund has been established to support the formation of very early-stage technology companies and jobs, Connecticut Innovations announced. Called the Connecticut Innovations Pre-Seed Fund, the pool of general obligation bonds can be used by start-up tech companies to cover expenses such as accounting and legal, intellectual property development, prototype development, business plan assistance and development, technology reviews, assessment or development, market analysis, market entry strategy development or hiring resources, consultants or employees. Connecticut Innovations is the state's quasi-public authority that administers technology investing and innovation development. Connecticut Innovations has a portfolio of about 50 active companies, valued at about $42 million. The number of businesses in the portfolio has grown over the past year, but the value remained flat, Longo said. The authority invests in early-stage, state-based tech companies, university/industry research collaborations, technology transfer and clean energy initiatives through the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. More

Intel's research announcement boosts 'innovation centre' hopes
Irish Times
The Government's ambition to turn Ireland into an innovation centre received a boost from Intel this week when the U.S. chip manufacturer announced research partnerships with two Irish universities, an indication that the long road from laboratory to commercial application is a journey worth taking. A $1.5 million collaboration with the Tyndall National Institute in University College Cork is already under way, and two projects started in Crann, the Trinity College nanoscience centre, have been transferred to Intel's research facility in Portland, Ore. Intel works with around 100 universities across the globe but there is only one other example of a Tyndall-like collaboration. More

Study finds algae biodiesel life cycle analysis better than
petroleum diesel, soy biodiesel

The Energy Collective
The transformation of algae into a biofuel — from the photobioreactor where it's grown to the factories where it's processed — is more environmentally friendly than the process for petroleum diesel or soy biodiesel, according to a groundbreaking Colorado State University study. The research, by professors Thomas Bradley and Bryan Willson, relied on data from the world renowned Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory at Colorado State and spinoff Solix Biofuels Inc. With technical support from the university, Solix has developed a technology production platform for the large-scale commercialization of microalgae-based biofuels and co-products. The company has expanded into a multi-acre test facility on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation in Durango.More

Will the US and China share a similar model when attacking
intellectual property pirates online?

Broadband Census News
A legislative proposal to allow the U.S.' top cop to seize the Web addresses of sites that authorities deem are dedicated to pirating intellectual property bears a remarkable resemblance to a crackdown currently underway in China against online pirates. A bipartisan group of 10 U.S. senators introduced legislation that would enable the U.S. Justice Department to render inaccessible websites judged to be dedicated to intellectual property infringement. The legislation would enable Justice to seek a preliminary injunction against domain name registrars, which would have to suspend access to the domains hosting infringing material, or that are trafficking in infringing material. The legislation would require the U.S. attorney general to notify the federal intellectual property enforcement co-coordinator of the injunctions, and the coordinator would in turn be required to post the names of the suspended sites on a public website.More